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A quote on theory by the father of modern primatology

A perspective on theory (in the context of human behavior) by physical anthropologist and the father of modern primatology, Sherwood L Washburn:

“A theory does not give conclusions–it directs the nature of research, but each application of the theory demands careful research. . . There is no way for a scientist to leap directly from genetic or evolutionary theory to conclusions about human behavior. The principal task for the scientist is the research that links theory and conclusion.”

-Sherwood L. Washburn (1978)